I had a favourite uncle, a man of stature and principle.
Some time after his death I offered to clean out his garage for my aunt. This was a big job and she was grateful for the assistance. My DIY Uncle could say of his garage, “My Space, My Things, My World”. This was the place where “He” lived.
My Space . . .
I packed my trailer full of hand tools and sometime later my Uncle’s world joined my own. I re-arranged my garage to absorb the influx of bits and bobs; some of his tools were 100 years old and bore names that no-one could remember. Now it is “our” garage, a shared space, a place of peace and sanctuary where I go to re-new, re-create and re-charge my batteries – it is My Space but now it is shared with someone I respected through the items that he used during his lifetime. This is a critical part of family building and leaving a legacy.
Our throw-away society challenges all this – the things that people use are transitory, expendable, temporary and up-gradable. Electronic gadgets and wizardry offer functionally but they do not offer permanence. Fifty years from now a Kindle Bible is space-junk whereas my 35 year old NIV Bible, underlined and full of notes offers a connection to Me, My Space, My Thoughts and My World.
Our modern culture is intent upon destroying the Legacy we leave behind. Portraits and photos, once a definitive part of a family’s heritage are now somewhere “in the cloud”. Diaries and journals that gave insight into another person’s world are now digital-dust on a blogging platform. Favourite songs once playable on disk are now lost on a terabyte hard drive.
We need to take a 100 steps backwards from noise and quantity and again focus on Permanence, Sustainability and Quality. This is not about consumerism and materialism – it’s about Legacy and Connection.
In 1969 Willie Nelson bought a Martin classical guitar which he called Trigger, (shown above) which he continues to play. It is part of his Space and his World – it is a Connection point, it is part of his Legacy and it offers permanence because Quality was part of the initial transaction.